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Bicyclist steals Japanese maple from Jiffy Lube

WENATCHEE — In the wee hours of Aug. 12, a bicycle-riding thief rode to the Jiffy Lube on South Mission Street, dug up a 2-year-old Japanese maple from a small flower bed there and rode off with it on his bike.

Power outages still possible even in repaired areas

FIRE ZONES — Power outages can happen even in areas where crews have repaired fire damage, PUD officials say, if fire managers request that areas be de-energized for firefighter safety.

Chelan-area losses could total $30 million

WENATCHEE — The Chelan Complex Fire and related wildland blazes have destroyed an estimated $30 million in Chelan County property since their outbreak.

A scorched Chelan Fruit gets back to business

CHELAN — Millions of pounds of fruit destroyed. Tens of thousands of stacked bins burned. Thousands of square feet of warehouse space razed. Hundreds of people temporarily out of work.

Vacasa buys into Chelan booking business

CHELAN — Local getaway rental service Chelan Vacation Properties announced a partnership Thursday with Portland-based Vacasa, a fast-growing online vacation booking service founded in 2009.

PUD hires new security director

WENATCHEE — A former New York City police officer with 30 years corporate security experience became the Chelan County PUD’s new security director Monday.

Gorge Amphitheatre owners seek open space tax benefit

GEORGE — Owners of the Gorge Amphitheatre say a large chunk of their property that serves as a world-class concert venue also benefits the public with its open space, views and an undeveloped riparian buffer.

Grant PUD expects $38 million gain on big slice contract

EPHRATA — The Grant County PUD expects to benefit from more predictable revenues, less market risk and $38 million more in its pocket by selling a huge 53 percent of power generated by its Columbia River dams to an independent power trader for five years.

Kinross plans appeal of Buckhorn Mine’s water quality permit

This story originally included a statement from Kinross Gold saying that the Department of Ecology recognizes the water quality does not exceed levels considered safe. That statement was removed after Ecology officials noted that large quantities of water are not being captured and treated.

Helicopter begins scenic flights on waterfront

WENATCHEE — Two adult osprey perched on a power pole along Worthen Street, keeping a watchful eye as people loaded into a red helicopter in a nearby parking lot on Saturday.

Register now for final four SCORE workshops

WENATCHEE — Central Washington SCORE will host more workshops that address different business factors and help owners make big business decisions. The workshops run through October.

United Way takes space in World offices

WENATCHEE — The United Way of Chelan and Douglas Counties has temporarily relocated to The Wenatchee World office building, 14 N. Mission St., while its permanent office is remodeled.